The Island Nation

B1295

The author has established a reputation for knowledge of the Napoleonic War period in naval conflict and technology and is Curator at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. This book has been published as the official book of SeaBritain 2005 and could be dismissed as a coffee table book which would do it a great disservice. In only some 170 pages he has traced the maritime heritage of the British Isles from 6,500 BC when the last land bridge with the European mainland was severed to the Twenty First Century, and then provided a gazetteer of attractions that reviews many of the British maritime heritage sites and collections. All of this with extensive illustration, mainly in full colour, using reproductions of paintings and photographs. Inevitably, this is a whirlwind tour of a huge multi-facetted subject and it would be very easy to pick up on omissions but the key stages of the British maritime story have all been covered. This will provide a commemorative work of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the SeaBritian celebrations. A source close to the German Ambassador to Britain accused the British of not knowing how to lose. Certainly many are jealous of the British history and the determination of a proud nation to defend its interests and project its culture around the world

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